SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 6:00 AM
Getting older is really getting old, you know. That is, it’s tough being a baby boomer now, even if you do finally qualify for senior day — hey, 5 percent off! — on Thursdays at the supermarket.
Despite serious efforts to stay current, up-to-the-minute, chill, many of us boomers still don’t know the difference between hip hop and rap. We try to wear athleisure, actually believing it looks good at our regular Wednesday Pilates class. We play brain games to ward off dementia and drink kombucha to ward off the brain games. We update our LinkedIn profiles, just in case, although there’s nothing much to update. We eat ceviche, even if we don’t know what it is or how to pronounce it.
But the reality is, we’re worried that time has passed us by, or at least we’re concerned we’ve been passed in the slow swimming lane by that 12-year-old with a kick board. We wonder why no one else wears pleated pants anymore and why we can’t bring ourselves to call anybody “bro.”
We worry, too, that the world now has new, unidentifiable vegetables and mysterious grains from the remote Andes that are replacing Cheerios from remote Michigan. We’re concerned about famous TV shows we’ve never heard of, on networks we can’t find. We wonder why we have replaced landlines, which we never accidentally left on the hood of the car, with smartphones that are so smart we can’t figure them out….
Continued via… Source: Trying to stay hip? Try this, baby boomers — Neil Offen column | The Herald Sun